Subdivision Review

Pre-Application Consultation

Prior to submitting your application for a subdivision, you are encouraged to consult the Planning & Development Department to ensure you are aware of all City planning documents that may affect your proposal. The consultation is your opportunity to explore possible time-saving strategies, and to ask any questions you may have regarding the subdivision process. Planning staff will also be able to determine what, if any, additional information will be required regarding your application.

Application Submission

Upon receiving a completed application, the Planning & Development Department will circulate, evaluate, and make a recommendation regarding your proposal. It is the responsibility of the Planning Director, as Subdivision Authority, to render a decision on the subdivision of land in St. Albert.

Circulation of the Application

Subdivision applications are circulated to required government departments, adjacent landowners, and local authorities for their review and comments.

Evaluation of the Application

The subdivision proposal will be checked to ensure that the land to be subdivided is suitable for the proposed use; and, that the proposal complies with the provisions of any statutory plans and bylaws of the City.

The proposal will be reviewed concerning:

  • its topography;
  • its soil characteristics;
  • stormwater collection and disposal potential for flood, subsidence, or erosion;
  • accessibility to a road;
  • waste disposal system;
  • use of land in the vicinity; and
  • any other matters considered necessary to ensure suitability for the intended use.

Recommendation & Decision

Following review, the Planning staff will prepare a recommendation for use by the Subdivision Authority in rendering a decision on the proposed subdivision. The Subdivision Authority has 60 days from receipt of the application to render a decision.

If a decision cannot be rendered within this time frame, a time extension can be provided by the applicant.

When an amendment to an Area Structure Plan or the Land Use Bylaw is required, the bylaw amendment must be approved by City Council prior to a decision on the subdivision by the Subdivision Authority.

Subdivision Approval Extension

If the Subdivision Authority fails to render a decision on an application for a subdivision, the applicant may agree to extend the decision period. An agreement for an extension must be made within 14 days of the expiration of the original date.

Plan Endorsement

If a subdivision proposal has been approved, you have one (1) year to meet the conditions of approval and submit a plan of subdivision to the subdivision authority for endorsement.

The plan of subdivision will be reviewed to confirm compliance with the subdivision approval, and that all conditions that were imposed have been satisfied. Approval fees are required at this time.

Plan Registration

After endorsement, you have one (1) year to register your final plan of subdivision with the Northern Alberta Land Titles Office.

Plan Endorsement & Registration Extension

The City may extend the one (1) year period for endorsement or registration of a subdivision plan upon submission of an extension application.

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Last edited: November 12, 2019